Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Uneven Isolation!

The Assads are not the only ones facing isolation. The protesters are being isolated as well – and in that splendid isolation imposed on all, they are left to fend for themselves against a killing machine that remains well-oiled and well-committed to the task at hand.

Tuesday 15, 2011

16 people including 2 children were killed in the ongoing crackdown by pro-Assad militias, including 6 in Idlib City, 5 in Homs City, 3 in Hama Province and 2 in Deraa/Hauran Province. Moreover, clashes between loyalists and defectors near the town of Kafroumah in Idlib Province left 14 loyalists dead. 5 more looyalists were killed in clashes near Harrah Town in Deraa/Hauran Province. In the city of Homs, 19 unidentified bodies were found in the streets by locals, the bodies are believed to belong to people who were kidnapped and killed by pro-Assad militias. Clashes were also reported in Rastan and in a number of Damascene suburbs, including Harasta and Daraya where local security branches seem to have been targeted.

Meanwhile, and in the hope of averting confirmation of the country’s suspension from the Arab League, Syrian authorities released 1180 detainees, including the well-known activist Kamal Al-Labwani, jailed more than 6 years ago, following a visit to the United States in which he met with American officials and called for increased diplomatic pressures on the Assads over their human rights record.

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Ammar Abdulhamid, a US-based Syrian poet and activist who runs the Tharwa Foundation, says "The Turkish government is now forced to make hard choices." "Neutrality is not a viable option here, and the question now confronting Mr. Erdogan and his advisers regarding Syria deals with the extent of their potential involvement in managing the looming transition there," he told SES Turkiye. "This calls for a greater engagement with opposition groups, and not only the SNC, but also greater logistical and material support to the Syrian Free Army," he said.

The Assads are not the only ones facing isolation. The protesters are being isolated as well – and in that splendid isolation imposed on all, they are left to fend for themselves against a killing machine that remains well-oiled and well-committed to the task at hand. Moreover, the Assads have their supporters in the international community, even in isolation. The protesters have none. The Assads keep getting arms, the protesters keep getting words. Impunity on the hand, frustration on the other, add a dash of rebellious hope, and, voilĂ , a civil war unfolds.

Funerals took place in protest communities throughout Syria HOMS PROVINCE: Houleh http://youtu.be/0KZXSOZoiUc  DERAA/HAURAN: Mleiha Sharqiyeh http://youtu.be/Hdfs3HkHeuY Mleiha Atash http://youtu.be/KFLrd0RK1yw Nahteh http://youtu.be/oz7exxdwdXA Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/WSEPguLi04M Sanamein http://youtu.be/1mlUZ1hgZ48 IDLIB: Idlib City http://youtu.be/YDkkVlQz5Ow nighttime funeral for a dead child http://youtu.be/TuO-N7Qest8 Gilli http://youtu.be/eG4xfG41MWA Hzano http://youtu.be/FsmTOXvbSHo HOMS CITY: http://youtu.be/URuVR9fmnso Bayadah http://youtu.be/zZOJslV4ouM DAMASCUS: Daraya http://youtu.be/qQsLtQc_Ges Wadi Barada http://youtu.be/wjZaIMYNCK4 But mourners soon get under attack http://youtu.be/3KkXtOZYShk HAMA: Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/ZL-fVpTUeQ4 DEIR EZZOR: Deir Ezzor City http://youtu.be/nHrcrmoSMYQ

HOMS CITY: the havoc in Baba Amr Minaret destroyed http://youtu.be/DWKwRFZgcpE Houses destroyed http://youtu.be/CcBwy_6OEvI , http://youtu.be/JvfwbaEyfOk , http://youtu.be/lBh9_Pnf33Q , http://youtu.be/vrm_7WXida0 , http://youtu.be/Px5d5QoSSes Still people take to the streets at night http://youtu.be/PV9AaYbaFU0

Earlier in the day, fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army destroyed a tank taking part in the crackdown against the neighborhood http://youtu.be/SpJt20hBacU

Bab Dreib sniper tries to pick targets http://youtu.be/ykfnzY05RdA Still people take to the streets at night http://youtu.be/nRmZF21j10E



IDLIB PROVINCE: Town of Mar Shmareen is stormed by loyalists http://youtu.be/vAehO9EgN-A Maar Shamshah as well http://youtu.be/-Se79ufeC94

Impact of pounding in Kafroumah in Idlib province http://youtu.be/oAeYViirZbo A home destroyed http://youtu.be/JiOCPjVw5lU Forces of occupation http://youtu.be/O29uZBq1xcI Still, people take to the streets http://youtu.be/4-lH3y5FnG4

Tanks on the prowl in Hbeit in Idlib Province http://youtu.be/bArsW153nBU Pro-Assad militias set homes of local activists on fire http://youtu.be/EW7hbQ9MGq8 Still, people take to the streets http://youtu.be/D698-HHIN-Q

Major demonstrations took place in Idlib City http://youtu.be/GrHkBkQJjdI Kafar Nabbel http://youtu.be/ZYp4vl4yBtk Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/wDgq9AX4amQ Kafar Sinjah http://youtu.be/9iFWwWO4syk Taftanaz http://youtu.be/4KRrrmz16o4 Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/NMlW5NrWIe4

HAMA PROVINCE: farms belonging to inhabitants of Taybat Al-Imam stormed by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/OrqFtBSaKUU Major demonstrations took place in Hama City (Malaab) http://youtu.be/O1-19JPofYU (Bab Qibli) http://youtu.be/300D0FDX_1Y Kafar Zita http://youtu.be/XZQYRe0xDc8


DAMASCUS: A flash demonstration in Shaalaan Neighborhood in downtown Damascus http://youtu.be/I1iDOMdO-oI Major demonstrations took place in Harasta http://youtu.be/YO8B4oftQNQ Zabadani http://youtu.be/ssBQ5iN5YZ0 Yabroud http://youtu.be/yP-d1hWqE98 Assal http://youtu.be/GCz8iJWFCk8 Jobar http://youtu.be/Mmm0M8A-1CM Rankous http://youtu.be/tMhYQu4CUbQ


HASSAKEH: Ras Al-Ain http://youtu.be/YR8AgpHSLj4